September 2018, Vol. 245, No. 9

Features

Progressing Cavity Pumps Prove Cost-Effective for Multiphase

By Robert Kurz, Manager Business Field Oil & Gas, Netzsch Increasing production of heavy oil, extra heavy oil, and bitumen is critical to a stable world economy. These crudes generally require special production techniques to overcome their high viscosity.  While many in the industry have focused on such methods as steam assisted gravity drain (SAGD), cyclic steam injection (CSI) and vapor recovery, flow assurance solutions are also of vital importance.  These well streams are a combination of crude oil, water, gas and sand; the proportions of each vary by region and reservoir. There are distinct economic, environmental, and facilities management advantages to transferring the complet

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